Nina Tassler to step down at CBS

After 18 years with the U.S. broadcaster, CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler (pictured, left) is stepping down at the end of the year, as Glenn Geller (right) is upped to CBS Entertainment president.
September 15, 2015

After 18 years with U.S. broadcaster CBS, Nina Tassler – chairman of CBS Entertainment – is stepping down at the end of the year, as Glenn Geller is upped to CBS Entertainment president.

Tassler is to “pass leadership for the division to a key lieutenant,” according to CBS, and will continue serving the company in an advisory role through at least 2017.

Meanwhile, in his new role as president, Geller – who currently oversees current programming for CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Studios – will head the net’s entertainment programming and creative affairs. His duties will include leading entertainment programming for primetime, daytime and late night, as well as program development in all genres, including comedy, drama, reality, specials and long-form.

The exec will now report to Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corporation, and will work closely with Tassler during the transition, the net said.

During her time at CBS, Tassler commissioned Undercover Boss along with such scripted fare as The Big Bang Theory and The Good Wife, among others. She joined CBS in August 1997 as VP of drama at CBS Productions, before moving to the network in 1998 as senior VP of drama development. In 2004, she was tapped as president of entertainment.

Prior to CBS, the exec headed drama development for Warner Bros. Television, where she worked alongside Moonves and developed such series as ER.

Since June 2013, Geller has served as executive VP of current programming for the CBS Network Television Entertainment Group, overseeing the company’s combined network/studio current department and creative affairs for more than 30 primetime series on CBS and The CW.

The exec joined CBS in 2001 as director and VP of current programming before moving to the Studio division as senior VP of current programming. Before boarding CBS, Geller served for three years in the drama department at 20th Century Fox Television.

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